Good Day Farmers
Whoo the wind was whipping around Railroad Street Thursday night. Those poor little Trick or Treaters would’ve been hanging onto the telephone poles for dear life had several towns around the county, ours included, not moved it to the weekend.
While Farmington observed Tricks and Treats last night, most towns will be celebrating tonight so if you’re out and about please give yourself time to travel from point A to B, watch out for little ones frolicking in the streets and take the opportunity to keep the Halloween spirit alive by reveling in it one more night!
Also, I don’t think we give the Fire Department enough accolades for what they do. Not only do they give of themselves at every scene that they’re called to but their families give time and worry about the same as the fighters themselves. That whistle blew so many times Thursday night it gave me pause to think about what they do and hope that everyone stays safe.
Although I’ve spent 37 years in this town, the last 12 a stone’s throw away from the bays of the Fire House, I spent the first few years of my life living downtown in apartments, most notably in Gango’s which was almost at eye level with that fire whistle. You could say I grew up sleeping through the sirens and so my children have as well, but bless her little heart Lulu the full figured Boxer just can’t.
We were on high alert Thursday, giving me a little bit of a sleepless night with Jared away hunting, Kasey calling dibs on his side of the bed, Kyan camping out in a sleeping bag on my bedroom floor and then Lulu sitting in the doorway monitoring the danger every time it started to blare from the top of the firehouse.
However, the hallway becoming the Indy 500 for the cat had no correlation to such events. He was just being his ridiculous self. I don’t think Lulu will ever be accustomed to sleep through the whistle, but I do tip my hat to her for not turning it into the opportunity to serenade us with a long howl. It would’ve made my Friday morning more caffeinated than usual.
All Souls Day
Today is a day of remembrance to all those who celebrate, Christian or not, All Souls’ Day – also known as the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed. It’s a day to remember our deceased friends and relatives by visiting cemeteries, hosting special meals, and praying for the departed. It’s quite a lovely weekend to drive up to I.O.O.F. cemetery and spend a few peaceful minutes walking around and enjoying the surroundings.
Daylight Saving Time
Daylight Saving Time Ends tomorrow at precisely 2 a.m. If you follow the old adage “fall back and spring forward” to remember how we set our clocks, please spread the word to your neighbors. Enjoy that extra hour of sleep!
NMHS Band Dinner Postponed
The North Marion Husky Marching Band elimination dinner fundraiser has been postponed. The event was scheduled for this evening. All ticket holders are asked to please keep a hold of them as they will reschedule, however if you’d like a refund that can be arranged by contacting the Boosters of the organization.
NMHS Foundation News
Those in attendance last week will have noticed the “big check” North Marion High School Foundation presented during the football game. This donation will be used in partnership with other funding to replace the existing sign at the entrance to campus.
A brand new digital billboard type sign will be erected, giving North Marion and the Marion County Technical Center the opportunity to feature more student events and activities. Not only will this help increase the amount of information that is funneled out to the community, but it will also improve communication and save the amount of time (and safety) in changing and adding these announcements.
Date and information has also been released for the annual North Marion High School Foundation elimination dinner. The dinner benefits the students at North Marion High School and The Marion County Technical Center. Grand prize is $3,500 and there will also be silent auction items. Tickets will go on sale at the end of December and cost $100 per couple. Mark your calendars for May 1, 2020 at the Knights of Columbus from 6-11 p.m.
October’s Food Pantry served 156 people and 55 families. Open on Oct. 15, the pantry has been fortunate to be able to help so many people in the Littleton community over the years. Donations and volunteers are always needed and appreciated to keep it up and running. The next date will be Nov. 19 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Interested persons can contact Elsie Doshen at (304) 368-1365 to help out.
Flea Market and Raffle Basket
The Altar and Rosary Societies will be sponsoring a raffle basket at the Flea Market today! Tickets will be sold for $1 each or 6 for $5 for the “Christmas” themed prize. Stop by the Market and look for some great finds including household items, Christmas, purses, books, dishes, and much more. Flea Market and Lunch will be held from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. in St. Patrick’s Parish Hall. Lunch consisting of soup, sandwiches, dessert and beverage is $8 for adults and $4 children under 12.
All Souls Mass
All Souls’ Mass will be given on Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 5:30 p.m. for those attending St Peter’s Catholic Church. St Patricks will begin at 7 p.m. Please remember your candles if you have not already purchased or returned them.
Operation Christmas Child
It’s once again time to gather your donations to The Shoebox Ministry. Boxes will be available at St. Patrick’s Parish Hall and need to be filled and delivered to the church by Nov. 17. More information will be coming soon regarding the postage you’ll need to provide for each box you fill.
Idamay Little Huskies Spaghetti Fundraiser
Looking for dinner after a busy week? Friday evening from 5-7 p.m. you can stop by the Farmington United Methodist Church on Main Street and pick up a delicious dinner and help out our local youth football league. Dinner includes spaghetti, 2 meatballs (child 1), salad, bread, dessert, and drink. Adult dinners are $10, which children’s dinners are $6. All meals are available as eat in or take out. You can also purchase chances to with their raffle baskets for $1 per chance or 6 for $5.
Baskets are WVU themed, Family Fun Day (includes Pittsburgh Children’s Museum passes), and Winter Wonderland (featuring Canaan Valley tubing passes). The church is located on the corner of Haggerty and Main Street, additional parking can be found behind the church and at the ballfield after crossing the small bridge.
The Church of the Nazarene will host a Veteran’s Tribute next weekend. Join them at 10:30 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 10, Rt. 250 in Mannington, just passed the Rachel intersection. Everyone is welcome to attend.
November is the month of thankfulness, counting our bountiful blessings and giving to others. It seems like each week I find another school or organization who is requesting donations on behalf of the school children in the North Marion attendance area. I thought this week I would list the many ways you can donate to help these kids get food in their bellies, nourishment in their bodies, for these cold days ahead.
It’s easy to stop at the grocery store and pick up a few extra items to make sure that at least one less child will worry this weekend that they won’t be able to eat a decent meal until they return to school Monday morning. Not only do we have the weekends but we also have six additional days due to the holidays that kids will be out of school. That’s almost an entire week that some families will need to ration or go without.
Nobody should have to make that choice. Donations for Blackshere students can be dropped off at the BC Bank location in Farmington. They not only collect non-perishables but also hygiene items. You can also make donations to Fairview students at the Elementary school or by making a deposit into their account with First Exchange Bank towards the purchasing of needed items.
North Marion’s Husky Helper Closet can be helped by contacting teacher Stacy Hays, organizer of the closet at NMHS via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call the schools individually to ask how you can help. This is also an idea for local churches and clubs to make donations as a group to make a greater impact.
A family in Kellytown suffered a tremendous loss that cannot and should not go unnoticed. NMHS Junior, Jakobi Pudder passed away last week. His family lost a child who was described as a sweet soul, with a bright future and such promise. Please keep the Pudder family and those who knew and loved Jakobi in your hearts at this time.
End of Season Bonfire
An end of season bonfire celebration will be held on Sunday, Nov. 17 for the members of the Little Husky football team and cheerleaders. Starting at 4 p.m. and going until 7 p.m., all athletes and their families are encouraged to join together and give thanks for such a wonderful season.
Anyone having wood or pallets they would like to donate to be burned can please contact any parent or board member so that they can make arrangements to get it to the field. Voting for officers for the next two years will be organized and carried out. This is also the final day to return uniforms and equipment.
Stop by the Fairview Volunteer Fire Department dining hall today from 3-6 p.m. for their pizza sale! Menu includes pizza (whole or by the slice) with toppings including just cheese, cheese & pepperoni, sausage, peppers in sauce, onions, banana or bell peppers, and loaded with everything. Steak sandwiches, hoagies, hot dogs, tossed salad, antipasto salads and fries. Eat in or carry out available. Phone (304) 449-1904 to place orders. Free coffee and cookies while you wait! Handicap accessible parking available.
On this Day…..
Nov. 2 has been a good day for transportation in West Virginia. Back in 1920, West Virginia voters passed the Good Roads Amendment. This legislature made provisions by law for a system of state roads and highways connecting the county seats of the state under the control and supervision of state officers and agencies. The legislature was also to provide state revenue to build, construct, and maintain, or assist in building, constructing and maintaining such roads.
How do you think they’ve done the last 99 years? It was also on this day in 1952 that the Tri-State Airport in Huntington was dedicated. Of course this was after the Kanawha Airport (now known as the Yeager Airport) was dedicated on Nov. 3, 1947. That same date in 1869, the cornerstone of the new capitol building was laid in Charleston. This week also saw lots of firsts in elections!
Nov. 4, 1958 was the date that Jennings Randolph was elected to his first term in the U.S. Senate. Leon P. Miller became the first African-American judge elected to office in West Virginia, Nov. 5, 1968. Finally, Anna Johnson Gates became the first woman elected to the West Virginia legislature in November 1922 only a few years after women were given the right to vote. Closer to the present day, President Ronald Reagan declared eight West Virginia counties a disaster area due to flooding back on Nov. 7, 1985.
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